Notwithstanding opposition from security agencies, government is likely to give in and allow holding of Twenty20 IPL cricket championship beginning next month.
Sources in the government said IPL’s suggestion of re-scheduling the cricket matches 48 hours before Lok Sabha elections was being given serious consideration.
The sources said IPL had expressed its inability to postpone till after the elections citing heavy financial losses on account of sponsorships and its inability to hold the tournament in near future because of commitments of players of various teams across the globe.
Earlier, security agencies had expressed unwillingness to stretch themselves for the Indian Premier League which coincided with Lok Sabha elections and had pressed for a postponement of the high-profile Twenty20 event.
Central security agencies opposed IPL’s request of going ahead with a changed schedule, which would mean no matches at the time of polling in the cities where the franchises are based.
“We have sounded them (IPL) and are waiting for their response,” Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters when asked whether the IPL tournament was being given a go- ahead by the Ministry.